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1992 Catalina 36 or 1989 Pearson 36

Hi, We have been looking for a (new to us) cruising sailboat in the 45 to 60 grand price range. We plan to cruise coastal, ICW, BVI for a year or two.
We have found a 1992 Catalina 36 and a 1989 Pearson 36. Both boats are set up about the same and the price is too close to call, I guess the question is, (1) Pearson or Catalina?
(2) Pro's and con's of each?
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re: 1992 Catalina 36 or 1989 Pearson 36

I am not sure your information is correct. Can you post a link to the Pearson 36?

The Pearson 36 was made from 1972 to 1976: PEARSON 36 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com

It appears the later version, the Pearson 36-2, was last made in 1990.

Pearson became Cal-Pearson in 1996, and closed down in 1998, after making only a few boats: http://www.boatus.com/goodoldboat/PearsonHistory.asp

I doubt you are looking at a 1998 Pearson 36. I certainly would not deal with a seller who misrepresented the year of manufacture of the boat. You should examine the VIN and research the coding to determine when the vessel was actually manufactured if you are still interested in it.

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re: 1992 Catalina 36 or 1989 Pearson 36

Ops, My bad! typo. wanted to say 1989.
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re: 1992 Catalina 36 or 1989 Pearson 36

The Cat36 layout is pretty hard to beat, the 92 should have a walk-through transom which the Pearson may not... nowadays that's a fairly big item, much easier for stern tying and dinghy access.

The Pearson is a big, brawny boat probably not that different from a liveability standpoint from the Catalina. Both have comfy cockpit layouts with a fair bit of room, the Cat probably has the edge there, though..

I think the Pearson's opening port design is more leak prone than the Catalina's so that would be something to look out for. We have friends with a P 36-2 and they've had some steady issues with leaks, though they've now been addressed, I believe. They like the boat fine.

Does either have a furling main? If so deal breaker for me but not necessarily for everyone...
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